British Aerospace TSR.2 ECR2


Development begun in the late 1970s, with the prototype making its first flight in 1982, with its service debut in 1984. Externally similar to the modifications made to create EF-111A , internally the ECM fit was all UK developed, and was essentially an amalgamation of various earlier ECM systems developed for the V-Force bombers, including the Blue Saga RWR, Indigo Bracket, Red Carpet, Red Light, and Red Shrimp jammers. Most of the new equipment was housed in the weapons bay, though some was located in the existing electronics equipment bays.

Unlike the similarly equipped Canberra E.Mk14 the ECR.2 was capable of accompanying the strike aircraft all the way to the target at supersonic speed, though the risk of its highly sensitive equipment falling into enemy hands in the event of it being shot down would probably prevent its use in this way. In contrast to the US equivalent, the ECR.2 is often armed, normally carrying a pair of Sidewinders for self defence.

Given its effect on enemy radars, and where it was manufactured ( BAe Warton, near Blackpool in Lancashire ), the aircraft has been nicknamed the Blackpool Illuminator by its crews in a reference to Blackpool's famous tourist attraction.

Fin tip pod is from the Monogram EF-111 Raven, underfuselage transmitter pod is half of a Mirage IV drop tank, inner pylons from a Vigilante, tanks from a Tornado F.3, plus odds and sods from the spares box.